Discover Water Ionizer Technology
The quest for physical regeneration of the body, longevity and vitality inspired several people over the last century to study the qualities of water. The right water has long been thought to be the key to eternal life, from 15th century conquistador Ponce de Leon who searched for the mythical Fountain of Youth, to Romanian scientist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Henri Coanda who was fascinated by the longevity of the Himalayan Hunza people to modern scientists and engineers in Japan who perfected the technology for ionization of water.
The journey to the development of modern water ionizing technology began in the early 20th Century when the Russians studied the use of ionized water in drilling for oil in the arctic tundra. The lower surface tension and emulsifying properties of ionized alkaline water made it easier to drill through the heavily compacted soil and remove mud from the drilling apparatus. Later, Romanian scientist Henri Coanda (Father of Fluid Dynamics) began the investigation of the legendary long-lived Hunza people and concluded that Hunza water had a unique structure and composition that was responsible for their remarkable longevity. Their water came from Himalayan glaciers and it clearly had a measurably different viscosity and surface tension. Coanda's protégé Dr. Patrick Flanagan and others continued the research. They found Hunza water had a high alkaline pH and an extraordinary amount of active hydrogen (hydrogen with an extra electron), with a negative Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) and a high colloidal mineral content.
Scientists knew that it was impossible to recreate the glacial conditions that produced Hunza water for the rest of the world, but they did believe they could replicate the molecular structure, high alkaline pH, presence of active hydrogen, negative ORP, and high colloidal mineral content. In the 1950s, Functional Water Technology was born in Japan. Using electricity and magnets, scientists recreated the properties of healing glacier waters described by Coanda, Flanagan, and the Russians, and tested it on animals and plants starting in 1954 at Japanese Agricultural Universities.
This was followed by human research that was fully supported by the Japanese government. Doctors observed positive results with human patients. By 1966 the Japanese Health and Rehabilitation Ministry confirmed that alkaline ionized water was beneficial for health improvement and medical use. Similar approval came from the Korean government in the early 1970s.
Water ionizers are common today throughout Asia, with more than 30 million people in Japan having access to ionized water from home units or other sources. In Japan, hospitals and clinics have used purified, electrically restructured, ionized, alkaline water for over 30 years to treat a number of disease conditions. The same technology is also becoming more widely available to people living in North America, Europe and many other countries.
How is Ionized Water Produced?
Electrical energy pioneer Michael Faraday invented electrolysis – a process where electricity is passed through electrodes composed of precious metals with the ability to attract ions that conduct electricity. The ions that are naturally present in water are then concentrated into clusters of positively and negatively charged ions and then separated by a membrane. To make ionized water, electrical current is delivered to an electrolysis chamber where platinum coated titanium electrodes reside. As water flows through the chamber, the electrolysis process separates the water into acid and alkaline waters, imparting an electrical charge to the final product and creating free hydrogen. This process restructures the original water clusters into smaller molecular clusters that are either positively or negatively charged. This simultaneously creates both alkaline 8.5 – 9.5 pH water for drinking, and acidic 4.5 – 5.5 pH acid, ionized water for topical use.
While the basic technology is the same from manufacturer to manufacturer, the quality, reliability and consistency of production of restructured ionized water depends on four critical factors:
The size or surface area of the electrolysis plates, the time the water is in contact with these plates, the amount of electrical power used to accomplish electrolysis, and the composition and quality of the source water. All water ionizers work and produce alkaline water with varying degrees of negative Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) which is measured with a scientific meter.
In general, all home water ionizers accomplish the following alterations to tap water:
- Ionization lowers the electrical charge (mV) of the water, charging it with abundant free electrons that turn it into a potent antioxidant.
- Ionization changes the structure of the water - the clusters of water molecules are smaller and negatively charged. This change has been confirmed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance tests that show a lower Hz frequency of such water. Smaller negatively charged water clusters are thought to be more easily absorbed.
- The ionization process results in retention of alkaline minerals that occur naturally in water. They are in an ionic or charged state making them more readily absorbed.
- Ionization creates 'free' or available hydrogen, but since it is a gas, it dissipates almost immediately.In the body, restructured, ionized water changes cell membrane electrical potential which improves the exchange of fluids and removal of waste.
There is a large body of research about ionized, alkaline drinking water, most of which was completed using large hospital or commercial batch ionizers in Japan and Korea. Even though modern home water ionizers were not used in this research, it is reasonable to assume the same effects can be obtained when consuming alkaline, ionized water from home water ionizers that produce at least -350 ORP. Numerous peer reviewed scientific studies performed worldwide in well respected universities and hospitals show the following benefits of restructured ionized water:
- Release of excess body fat and stored toxins
- Resolution of urinary tract infections
- Normalization of blood sugar and insulin; blood pressure
- Reduction of candida and fungus proliferation
- Elimination of abnormal gastro-intestinal putrefaction
- Reduction of chronic pain
- Support of healthy colon function
- Improved wound healing
What is ORP?
All fluids have an electrical potential – they are either positively or negatively charged. This potential can be measured by a meter, and it is referred to as Oxidation Reduction Potential, or ORP. It is an indication of whether the fluid being measured will increase or reduce oxidation – either prevent rusting or cause it – donate an electron where needed or steal one from a stable molecule. It is measureable potential stored energy.
The ORP meter measures the millivolts of electrical charge in water. This indicates the presence of free electrons – whether the water is oxidizing or reducing. Alkaline water has more ions with free electrons and thus measures with a negative ORP. Acidic water has more ions missing an electron, thus is an oxidizing agent with a postitive ORP.